Hibs manager Jack Ross has warned Hull City loanee James Scott that he needs to improve his fitness after he was missing once again as the Hibees faced Celtic last night in the Premiership.

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Scott has been missing from the side since October 16, also losing his spot inn the Scotland under-21 squad, and Ross explained why lasy night after seeing his side lose 3-1 to Celtic.

Ross confessed his side have struggled for bodies in attack and challenged Scott to get to his “absolute best” – insisting the forward will be an “asset” to his side when he does.

“James needs to be fitter. He’s available, but he needs to be fitter. Once he does that then he’ll be back in contention,” Ross confirmed after the 3-1 loss to the Hoops.

“You look at your squad all the time. We have been hamstrung by injuries middle-to-front for a while now, and we’ve got fairly restricted options in that regard.

“You need players to be at their absolute best and the challenge for James is to get to that level and once he is, then he’ll be an asset.”

Scott started off as a regular in the Hibs side following his season-long loan move from Hull City but has only managed just over 50 minutes of football since the Edinburgh derby in September.

With Hibs in the midst of a four-game losing run, Ross can’t afford to carry any passengers amd Scott needs to get his fitness sorted quickly if he is to force his way into the side at Easter Road.

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